The story behind …

Black Horse, White Horse; Power Animals Within Traditional Witchcraft by Melusine Draco

 Every book has a story behind the story of how it came to be written. It may be about a life-long passion, a personal journey, the need to share an experience or knowledge. It may have been fermenting in the brain for years, or sprung fully formed from a blinding epiphany.  Whether it be fact or fiction, sometimes the story behind the story is almost as interesting as the published book itself …

Originally published as White Horse by Rupert Percy (ghost written by Melusine Draco) as a follow on to Coarse Witchcraft: Craft Working in 2003, the copyright passed back to the ghost writer and was subsequently re-written and extended before being published by Moon Books in 2013.  The original cover blurb was: ‘Written from a professional horseman’s perspective, White Horse reveals how the dynamism of equine energy can be harnessed in magical rites of protection and conjuration.  Here are first-hand accounts of the traditional Horse ~Whisperer’s skill and the famous ‘Blacksmith’s Curse’.

As a stable-mate of Aubrey’s Dog, Black Horse, White Horse was intended as a series on power animals within witchcraft but unfortunately wires were crossed when this book was submitted for publication. Like Aubrey’s Dog, it landed up under the ‘Shaman Pathways’ listing instead of ‘Pagan Portals’ and as a result many witches have missed out thinking it had been written for shamans. It also has the distinction of being described by the late Michael Howard as the worst book cover he’d ever seen!  Nevertheless, it is hoped that the content will compensate for these short-comings …

Black Horse, White Horse by Melusine Draco is published by Moon Books in the Shaman Pathways series in both e-book and paperback format. ISBN: 978 1 78099 747 6 : 84 pages : UK£4.99/US$9.95

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